Around The Farm: June 22, 2017

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.



Abraham Almonte (Columbus, starting DH) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – Almonte continues to hit well during his rehab assignment as his third multi-hit effort in his six games with Clippers increased his batting average during the rehab stint to .368 (7-for-19).  He also has two home runs and three RBI in those games.  He seems to be healthy and ready to play at the major league level. While it is unknown exactly when the Tribe front office will feel he is ready to be activated from the Disabled List, but it should be soon.

Luigi Rodriguez (Akron, LF-RF) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI – The good news:  Luigi-Rod continued his recent flurry of RBI with his third multi-RBI game in his last five (7 RBI total in that stretch).  The bad news:  He still isn’t hitting well.  This multi-hit effort was his first since a spectacular doubleheader on June 7, when he went a combined 7-for-8, and ended a nine-game multi-hit game drought (Even with last night’s effort, his last ten games batting average is .184).  Hopefully, he can keep up the RBI numbers and start hitting contently like he did yesterday and on June 7.

Shane Bieber (Lynchburg, SP) – W (3-1), 8 IP, 3 H, 11 K, 1 HBP – After some early struggles adjusting to the Advanced Single-A level, Bieber has been on a recent hot streak (2 ER on 9 H in 11.2 IP in his last two starts).  He took it to another level on Thursday, coming within an inning of throwing a complete game shut out (in Single-A!) and striking out eleven while only allowing four baserunners.  While every outing is not going to be this spectacular, the fact that he is capable of such an effort is a very positive sign about his potential.  He may not make it to Akron this season, but he should be on the mound at Canal Park no later than next April.

Emmanuel Tapia (Lake County, 1B) – 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – Tapia continued his recent hot streak with his third multi-hit effort in his last six games.  He also drove in three runs for the second time in his last five games played.  Hopefully, Tapia, who batted .270 in his last ten games entering last night and has increased his season batting average from .217 to .232 in his last eleven games, is beginning to turn his season around.


  • Chris Colabello (Columbus, starting 1B) – 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K – Hopefully, Colabello’s first multi-hit effort since June 3 can be the beginning of a turnaround from his recent struggles (hitting .161 in his last ten games entering last night).
  • Erik Kratz (Columbus, backup C) – 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – Kratz continues to hit well in the limited playing time that he has received (hitting .285 in 43 games played) as he hit a home run as a backup a day after a three-hit, three-run, two-home run, four-RBI start.
  • Julian Merryweather (Columbus, SP) – L (3-1), 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 earned), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 HBP – Merryweather’s recent struggles (13 ER on 25 H in 18 IP [6.50 ERA]  in his last three starts entering last night) continued as he failed to get out of the fourth inning in Thursday’s contest.
  • Cole Sulser (Columbus, RP) – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K – Another scoreless outing drops Sulser’s Triple-A ERA even further to 0.51 (1 ER in 17.2 IP, in twelve outings).
  • Yu-Cheng Chang (Akron, SS) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – Chang extended his hitting streak to five games with his first multi-hit effort since June 13.
  • Thomas Pannone (Akron, SP) – W (3-1), 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R (earned), 6 K, 1 WP – Outside of one bad outing on May 20 in Hartford (5 ER on 6 H in 5.1 IP), Pannone has allowed 5 ER on 28 H and 12 BB while striking out 37 in 42.1 IP in seven starts (1.06 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 37:12 [3.08] K:BB ratio) with the RubberDucks.
  • Cameron Hill (Akron, RP) – H (3), 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 2 K, 1 HR allowed – One bad pitch kept Hill from having three consecutive scoreless outings.
  • David Speer (Akron, CP) – S (3), 0.2 IP, perfect – Speer got the final two Reading Fightin’ Phils batters out to close out the game and complete the RubberDuck win.
  • Martin Cervenka (Lynchburg, DH) – 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Cervenka’s seventh-inning two-run double Gave the Hillcats a pair of insurance runs and was the offensive highlight of a pitchers’ duel that saw the Hillcats have less at-bats (29) than the Frederick Keys (Orioles affiliate, 30 AB), who were dominated by the Hillcats’ pitching staff.
  • Jodd Carter (Lynchburg, RF) – 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – Carter had the Hillcats’ other extra-base hit and RBI (broke a scoreless tie with a second-inning double).
  • Leandro Linares (Lynchburg, CP) – S (3), 1 IP, perfect – Linares’ perfect ninth secured the victory for the Hillcats and gave Linares his second scoreless outing following a pair of sub-par efforts.
  • Miguel Eladio (Lake County, SS) – 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 3 K – Eladio ended a two-game hit-less streak in a game which saw him drive in multiple runs and record a hat trick of strikeouts.
  • Li-Jen Chu (Lake County, DH) – 2-5, 1 R, 2 K – Chu’s fourth multi-hit effort in his last nine games played extended his hitting streak to three games.
  • Gavin Collins (Lake County, 3B) – 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E – Collins hit the eventual game-winning homer in the top of the tenth, which also made it back-to-back multi-hit performances for Gavin.
  • Brady Aiken (Lake County, SP) – ND, 1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R (all earned), 3 BB, 1 HR allowed –  Aiken, whose season thus far has been unimpressive at best (his ERA has ranged from 4.03 to 4.91), reached a new 2017 low with this outing.  With short-season ball underway, may he be pitching his way back to Mahoning Valley?
  • Ben Krauth (Lake County, RP) – 4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP – Krauth continued his solid season on Thursday with a long relief outing that gave the Captain offense a chance to stage a comeback and Ben his fourth straight scoreless outing (12.1 innings pitched).
  • Henry Martinez (Lake County, RP) – W (3-2), BS (2), 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R (unearned), 1 BB, 2 K – Martinez blew the save on an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth, but pitched a scoreless tenth to earn the win.  I’m not as upset by this win/blown save combo as I usually am since the save-blowing run was unearned.
  • Samad Taylor (Mahoning Valley, 2B) – 2-5, 2 R,1 K – Taylor has increased his batting average from .125 to .278 with a pair of 2-for-5 efforts.  Hopefully, the rest of his season is closer to his last two games than his first two.
  • Jonathan Laureano (Mahoning Valley, DH) – 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Laureano has two multi-hit efforts in his three Scrapper appearances this season after going 2-for-10 in three games with Double-A Akron (both hits coming in a two-hit effort in his last RubberDuck game before his demotion).  Tonight’s performance was especially notable as his second hit was a walk-off double in the bottom of the tenth frame that scored LF Oscar Gonzalez.
  • Ulysses Cantu (Mahoning Valley, 1B) – 2-4, 1 RBI – Cantu continues to dominate New York-Penn League pitching as he extended his season-opening hitting streak to four games and kept his batting average and OPS at .500.  His slugging percentage decreased from .750 to a mere .688, however.  Yes, that last sentence was sarcasm.
  • Gregori Vasquez (Mahoning Valley, SP) – ND, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 3 K, 1 HBP – A lack of early run support kept Vasquez from earning the individual win in this solid season debut effort.
  • Luis Araujo (Mahoning Valley, RP) – 2 IP, perfect, 5 K – Araujo rebounded nicely from allowing three earned runs on as many hits in one inning in his season debut on Monday.
  • Randy Valladares (Mahoning Valley, RP) – W (1-0), 2 IP, 1 K – Valladares faced the minimum to remain unscored upon in 3 IP in two outings this season and pick up a well-deserved relief win.

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